Bernard Williams A new volume of philosophical essays by Bernard Williams. The book is a successor to Problems of the Self, but whereas that volume dealt mainly with questions of personal identity, Moral Luck centres on questions of moral philosophy and the theory of rational action.
Moral Luck - by Bernard Williams December 1981. Much of the most interesting recent work in moral philosophy has been of basically Kantian inspiration; Rawls' own work and those to varying degrees influenced by him such as Richards and Nagel are very evidently in the debt of Kant, while it is interesting that a writer such as Fried who gives evident signs of being pulled away from some.
Take the eponymous essay in Moral Luck, for example. Williams leads with the case of a fictionalized Gauguin, who abandons his wife and children to go to paint in Tahiti. And Williams invites us to share his judgment that the moral justification of Gauguin’s decision at the time might depend on how things turned out afterwards.
Moral Luck centres on questions of moral philosophy and the theory of rational action. That whole area has of course been strikingly reinvigorated over the last decade, and philosophers have both broadened and deepened their concerns in a way that now makes much earlier moral and political philosophy look sterile and trivial.
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Moral Luck by Thomas Nagel (1979) Kant believed that good or bad luck should influence neither our moral judgment of a person and his actions, nor his moral assessment of himself. The good will is not good because of what it effects or accomplishes or because of its adequacy to achieve some proposed end; it is good only.
Thomas Nagel and Bernard Williams both define and offer their ideas on how to solve the problem of moral luck. Nagel believes that problem of moral luck is that people judge other people actions based on factors that they cannot control. Williams argues that the notion of morality should be abandoned altogether and be replaced with “ethical”.
Essay Moral Luck By Thomas Nagel And Bernard Williams. theory of moral luck. Moral luck is the concept that an agent is assigned moral blame or praise for an action or its consequences, even if the action or its consequences were completely outside the agent’s control.